There is no best way to see the real Vietnam but renting a bicycle or motorbike and just drive around in the country outside big cities and touristic places. People are much nicer. And real.
Being an Emperor is such a hard life, isn't it? Hue, in the center of Vietnam, has been the capital city of the Vietnamese Empire during XVIII and XIX siecles, during the Nguyen dinasty.
The second Indochina war against the USA is one of the most famous conflict ever. Vietnam history is indeed plenty of such events. And the country still reflects there in several different places. One of the most affected part was indeed the DMZ - demilitarized zone - where several cruel battles took place.
May is a lovely girl from a tiny H'mong village near Sapa. I happened to read stories about her hosting tourists in her house, with her family, just for the sake of talking with strangers, learning some English and get some good meal in return. I eventually contacted her and decided to go and spend a night in her village. That happened to be an out-of-the-world experience.
Monkey Island is just one of the thousands available in the Halong Bay, probably one of the most knwon Vietnamese places in the world.
Just crossed the Chinese border and a complete different country faces me: Vietnam.
Hanoi, the capital city, for the moment is just a stop for breathing and recovering from the long travel.
Waiting for a bigger full moon party next month (12th of October, planning to be in Ko Pan Gan), yesterday night I ended up with some guys in a random bar in Guilin. That was the craziest night ever...
Yangshuo landscapes simply comes from another world. Going along the "Dragon" river is one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.
China is a huge, huge, huge country. Some say it's a whole continent, and from certain perspective I am sure it is. Besides, the country is really overcrowded and there are always lot of people in the cities, along as travelling from one city to another.
There are several possibilities to go from Guilin to Yangshuo(impressive jurassic site: read article ). One of those, mostly if you haven't done it ever, is by boat, on the "Li" river.
There is no Chinese dish that is not accompanied by a bowl of rice. Yes but... where the hell they get so much rice? Guangxi region is well known for its production and even more for the rice terraces.